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  Larry Rivers

Harrison, Helen A
Language : EnglishNew York : Harper & Row, copyright 1984142 orrialde : koloretako eta zuri-beltzeko irudiak ; 25 cm(Ikus) Testua. Irudia (finkoa; bidimentsiokoa): bitartekorik gabeISBN : 0-06-430146-X ; 0-06-433318-3 ; 0-937696-04-8.Rivers, Larry (1923-2002) | Painting -- Artists | Larry Rivers (Wikipedia eu) | (Wikipedia es) | (Wikipedia en)
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In a career that has spanned four decades, Larry Rivers has challenged nearly every cherished notion about art -shocking the public, unsettling the critics, and inspiring his fellow artists. He has updated the old masters, rewritten American history, borrowed the style of the Orient, and violated sexual taboos. Ignored by traditionalists -even when other painters took up his themes and his iconoclastic approach- Rivers has in recent years begun to attract the serious attention and praise he deserves. This new book with more than 60 color plates and 40 black and white illustrations presents the wide range of his work, beginning with his early drawings and post-Impressionist-inspìred paintings and continuing to his most recent grand-scale epic canvases. His experiments cover not only painting and sculpture, but a wide array of mixed media constructions and collage, created with a versatility and originality shared by few.
The critic Helen A. Harrison, curator of the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, New York, who has followed Rivers' art for many years, offers a lively and thoughful biographical essay on the artist and his work. Beginning with his inmigrant parents and his early hopes for a future as a professional saxophonist, Harrison follows his art student days under the tutelage of Hans Hofmann, his friendship with beat painters and poets in Greenwich Village in the 1950s and 1960s, and his recent rediscovery of his own ancestry in "History of Matzob (The story of the Jewish People)". This multipanel painting, just completed, is but one of many new works published here for the first time.
For all his abrasive wit and unflinching presentation of the forbidden and the new, Rivers emerges here as an artist whose romance with the visual world is essential and ongoing. His latest paintings show a restless imagination still probing and defining the universe in endlessly innovative associations. Far from being mere defiant gestures, Rivers works represent the stages of an inner journey of self-examination. This is an artist who has embraced a medium that forces him to be, as he says, "fully responsable". Every new Rivers painting is a surprise, further establishing his place as one of America's major contemporary artists.

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